So much for the settled law theory. Since it has not been politically wise to change existing immigration laws during the last decade, the Executive Branch along with support from Democrat-controlled big city mayors, have been quietly telling immigration and border protection line officers to “not be all that concerned” if they run into any illegal aliens during their work-day.
It’s been happening for years, including during the Bush (43) administration, but the policy which totally flaunts and ignores “settled law” here in the United States really kicked into high gear at the start of the Obama administration. From Big Government.
The total number of illegal immigrants who have been deported by the federal government is at its lowest point since 1973.
According to a Center for Immigration (CIS) report, the 364,700 projected removals in fiscal year 2013 “are the lowest since fiscal year 2007.” And those numbers are most likely inflated because reportedly “more than half of those are immigrants caught at the border but put through ICE deportation proceedings.”
“Total deportations in 2011, the latest year for which complete numbers are available, numbered 715,495 – the lowest level since 1973,” the report also found.
The number of illegal aliens within the country is certainly a disputed number, but it’s A LOT more than were here in the 1970s and 1980s.
In June of 2012, President Obama announced he would order the deportation of illegal aliens if they entered the country as children stopped. Of course, that’s not what the law says, but he knows what’s the right thing to do. Screw the law. It didn’t matter that the DREAM Act had not passed in Congress, he’d just do it anyway by telling his direct reports in the DOJ to use “prosecutorial discretion.” Wink, wink.
In August this year, Obama announced he would order the deportation of illegal aliens who were parents with children in the United States stopped. Not what the law requires, but he knows better than everyone else. Screw the law. You don’t hear about the pressure on ICE and Border Patrol agents to turn the other way on a routine basis. To avoid arresting “non-priority targets.” When they do arrest them, they have been threatened with suspension if they don’t let them walk.
Those two steps alone significantly reduced the enforcement of federal law. And he did it with simple memos to departments … hey, stop doing that. This president is the leader of the extra-constitutional movement, where the US Constitution is “old” and laws can be changed by the regime on a daily basis depending on the wind’s direction.